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Q678: Can I be arrested if I am sat in my car drunk (over the permitted limit), but not driving?

Yes, there is an offence of being in charge of a motor vehicle whilst being over the permitted limit. Each case would be judged on its own merits but the officers would be looking at

  • whether you had the keys for the vehicle
  • were you in the vehicle at the time
  • what were you doing at the time
  • whether there was anyone else in or near the vehicle
  • what evidence is there that you were intending to drive the vehicle

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